After teasing the newest addition to the Buick crossover family, General Motors has officially revealed the all-new Buick Envision Plus in China. The three-row, seven-seat variant of the second-generation Buick Envision made its world debut on Sunday, April 18th, during the annual Buick Brand Day event in the city of Shanghai.
The all-new Buick Envision Plus, which we’ve referred to as the Envision GX during its development, was officially unveiled in the range-topping Avenir trim. The model will strengthen Buick’s presence in one of the fastest-growing automobile segments globally. In fact, the new Envision Plus is the third member of the Buick Envision family in China, joining the refreshed first-generation Envision and the new Envision S – the second-generation model in that country known in North America as the 2021 Envision.
“Tonight, Buick showed an unmatched strength and reinforced focus on its continued growth in China with exciting new products,” said Executive Director of Buick Sales and Marketing at SAIC-GM, Molly Peck, in a statement. “As we move forward on our brand journey in our third decade in China, we will never stop building the brand, driving for excellence and providing innovation and technology that keep Buick relevant to our customers today and for tomorrow,” she added.
The new three-row Buick Envision Plus offers class-leading levels of spaciousness and comfort, creating a new category at the top of the premium compact size utility segment. Its spacious interior is courtesy of a body that measures 190.7 inches long, 74.1 inches wide, 67.1 inches high, and a segment-leading wheelbase of 111.5 inches.
Based on Buick’s latest sculptural design language, the Envision Plus has a stylish and distinctive exterior. Compared to the regular-length Envision, the second generation model features a larger front grille as well as a unique horizontal bar that connects the headlights and the bumper.
On the side, it adopts a reshaped rear door that’s larger than the two-row variant from which it’s derived. Other elements different from the two-row model is a new window window between the C- and D-pillars, a straighter roof line, and a totally different rear overhang.
Mechanically, the new Buick Envision Plus is the brand’s first model to feature the latest Mild Hybrid powertrain from SAIC-GM. The package is comprised of the ubiquitous turbocharged 2.0L LSY I-4 engine, a standard mild hybrid system with a 48V electric motor and battery mated to GM’s nine-speed automatic transmission. The General has not yet revealed any power figures for the powertrain.
The all-new Buick Envision Plus is being unveiled to the public for the first time this week at the 2021 Shanghai Auto Show, which runs from April 21st-28th. The new crossover is expected to be officially launched during the second half of the year in the Chinese market. Being a “global” model, it should also arrive in North America sometime in 2021.